“There’s no one way to be blind,” says Karen Karsh of the American Council of the Blind of Colorado. “We are all individuals.” And today’s Raisin’ Cane walk is all about identifying and supporting those blind and visually-impaired individuals while raising awareness for eye health, accessibility and other issues.
National White Cane Day began back in 1964, but Raisin’ Cane puts a brand-new spin on things with a spirited walk in which participants will be challenged to travel seven blocks using a local-artist-designed cane or a sighted guide — with the option to be blindfolded.
“I’m calling it more of a ‘trust walk,’” says Karsh, who is also a singer, pianist and songwriter and has been blind since birth.
The inaugural Denver walk is open to all members of the community and will feature several local political figures, including Secretary of State Scott Gessler and City Councilwoman Mary Beth Sussman. At the end of the jaunt, walkers will be treated to breakfast burritos and coffee. The program begins at 8 a.m. at Skyline Park at Arapahoe and 16th streets; a $20 donation is requested for those interested in participating. For more information, call the American Council of the Blind of Colorado at 303-831-0117 or visit www.acbco.org.
Mon., Oct. 15, 8 a.m., 2012